Carp pioneer Rod Hutchinson dies

Carp pioneer Rod Hutchinson dies

Carp-fishing legend Rod Hutchinson has passed away.

The prolific carp catcher, who went on to produce some classic baits and tackle items, inspired thousands of anglers through his books and articles.

Carp-Talk editor Simon Crow published the news tonight on Twitter and Facebook, paying tribute to "an amazing man". 

UPDATE: CHRIS YATES LEADS TRIBUTES TO ROD

Rod came to national attention with eye-catching captures on Redmire Pool and was one of the first anglers to utilise particle and high-nutritional-value (HNV) baits.

He was also among the first Brits to target French carp at venues such as Cassien. 

The Lincolnshire angler's published work includes the Carp Strikes Back, Carp Along the Way and Carp: Now and Then. 

Fellow carp author Paul Selman paid tribute on Facebook:

 Rod at home in 2013

Rod at home in 2013

In an interview with Angling Times in 2013 he was asked about his happiest time in Angling. He replied: "Redmire Pool, with Chris Yates chasing a record. When we enjoyed adventures together - that was a wonderful period." 

He added: "Savay, just has to be, to me, the most incredible thing I experienced in English fishing."

In 1979 he launched the company that bears his name and products like the first commercially available 12ft carp rods, the Apotheosis bivvies and bait flavours like Monster Crab quickly became classics.

Angling Times interviewed Rod at his home in 2013 in the video below: